COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Ethiopia

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Ethiopia

Last Updated: 07/02/2020

Ethiopia responded quickly to COVID-19, and while the number of fatalities remains low, the country recorded its highest daily increase of cases in June. The country remains under a state of emergency until August. Schools and universities are closed. Large gatherings are banned, and traffic to and from the capital city is restricted. In addition to the pandemic, the people of Ethiopia are dealing with locust swarms that threaten many families’ crops.

All Compassion child development centers have stopped group activities, meetings and training. Partner church staff members in Ethiopia have distributed 165,840 food packs and 167,240 hygiene kits, and they have provided medical support to 4,025 individuals. They have educated families on COVID-19 prevention and care and given their personal contact information to families so they can have quick access if needed. Additionally, staff has ensured that 526 centers across the nation have working hand-washing facilities for children, families and the community to access.

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megaphone IconA Message From Compassion Ethiopia’s National Director

Hear from Tsehaywota Taddesse, National Director of Compassion Ethiopia, as he shares an update on how COVID-19 is affecting Compassion’s ministry in Ethiopia.

Recorded: 05/31/2020

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Ethiopia?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Ethiopia, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Currently, all centers in Ethiopia are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are working to create virtual programming activity, including videos and livestreams. They continue to call and check in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 165,840 food packs and 167,240 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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child reading IconStory From the Field

Sofia finally felt like her life was improving — and then COVID-19 hit. As the government introduced restrictions on movement to curb the virus's spread, Sofia suddenly found herself out of work because the vegetable stand where she worked was closed. Close to losing her home, Sofia went to the one place that had always supported her — the frontline church partner that ran the Compassion center her son, Abubeker, attended.

“Knowing how much they have supported me in the past, I was sure that they would at least listen to me,” says Sofia. “As soon as one of the project staff welcomed me to the office, I knew I had made the right decision and felt heard already.”

The center staff immediately arranged for Sofia's rent to be covered and provided food parcels for the family.

“We anticipate many cases like Sofia's where caregivers face housing insecurity and even eviction. It is a tough season for many. We will do everything we can to protect our children,” says Mrs. Mimi, the center director.

How can I pray for Ethiopia?

This month, will you join us in praying for the millions of people in Ethiopia who are dealing with a locust plague on top of increasing coronavirus cases? You can also visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for weekly global prayer guides.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Ethiopia
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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